Cisco and Citrix expand desktop virtualization partnership to tap mobile-cloud opportunities

Telecom Lead at Citrix Synergy: Cisco and Citrix have expanded their desktop virtualization partnership to tap emerging mobile-cloud opportunities.

They will focus on three strategic areas including cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles.

Cisco and Citrix said they will tap the emerging mobile-cloud era.

In order to help enterprise and telecom service provider customers capture the market transition and transform their business models, Cisco and Citrix will collaborate to unify technologies into solutions for the mobile-cloud era.

They will make significant investment in people and resources to drive technology innovation, solution integration and validation, customer support, and joint go-to-market investment on a global basis.

Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco

“As IT enters the mobile-cloud era, IT providers need to be more innovative about addressing customers’ fast changing needs. Over the past two years, Cisco and Citrix have collaborated to deliver significant innovation into the market. Now we are excited to accelerate our partnership into cloud, networking and mobility,” said Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco.

As part of the strategy, Cisco and Citrix will jointly integrate the Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) to seamlessly coexist with other Cisco network and security services, such as Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA).

The companies also intend to integrate Cisco Nexus 1000V with Citrix XenServer to enable enterprise and service provider customers to build clouds based in part on key open source technology. Cisco will continue to fully support existing customers of its Application Control Engine (ACE) product line and will recommend Citrix NetScaler as an alternative to customers who want to deploy a next-generation ADC.

“Citrix and Cisco share a common vision of computing in the mobile and cloud era, and have a strong shared culture focused on openness, user experience and a relentless commitment to customer success. Extending our successful partnership to new areas like cloud, mobility and networking will allow us to bring some amazing new innovations to our joint customers in both the enterprise and service provider markets,” said Wes Wasson, senior vice president of Strategy, Citrix.

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